Where Do I Find Big Muley Bucks?

Jerry B. from Michigan writes to ask about a mule deer bowhunt. “My friend and I want to bowhunt for mule deer. What states or provinces would be your top choices for the best mule deer?”

Dr. Dave Samuel

Good question Jerry. Over the past 10 years, the No. 1 state for Pope and Young mule deer is Colorado (1,038). In fact, Colorado is almost double Utah (641) in animals listed in the record book, followed by Alberta (349), Wyoming (325), Oregon (274), Idaho (245), Nevada (229), Arizona (211), Montana (200), and New Mexico (189). 

Saskatchewan has some of the biggest muleys found anywhere, but only 79 were listed in the record book from 1991 to 2010. The reason for that is because non-residents cannot hunt mule deer in Saskatchewan.Too bad, because Saskatchewan has great mule deer. 

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Dr. Dave writes a weekly column for sportsmansguide.com. If you have a question for Dr. Dave, e-mail your question to Dr. Dave in care of Tom Kacheroski, manager of Guide Outdoors & Social Content at www.sportsmansguide.com to tkachero@sportsmansguide.com. Dr. Dave studied deer for 30 years as a wildlife management professor at West Virginia University. In addition he has been a bowhunter for over 40 years, with deer being his main prey. He’s also an outdoor writer and has been with “Bowhunter” magazine for 31 years.

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